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Forum: Touring
10-18-19, 09:14 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,207
Posted By xroadcharlie

I go so fast down hill I have mounted 2...

I go so fast down hill I have mounted 2 deer/moose whistles so I don't hurt the 2,000 lb bull mooses antlers if I run into him at 50 mph on my bike.
10-12-19, 08:08 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,466
Posted By xroadcharlie

Stand over height is one of the most important...

Stand over height is one of the most important dimensions of frame geometry IMO and is why I bought my Giant Sedona comfort bike. It has one of the lowest next to a girls bike with a big enough...
10-11-19, 07:08 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,480
Posted By xroadcharlie

I think, as already pointed out, It is more...

I think, as already pointed out, It is more important that we clean and lube the chain regularly then the which brand of chain lube we use

I use WD 40 Wet chain lube because that is what was on...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-08-19, 01:33 AM
Replies: 366
Views: 19,905
Posted By xroadcharlie

When I bought my new comfort bike last year I...

When I bought my new comfort bike last year I considered buying an E-bike. Then I asked myself why?

One of the primary reasons I buy a bicycle is to increase my outdoor activity level. And since I...
10-07-19, 01:26 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 585
Posted By xroadcharlie

I did some research myself on seat position,...

I did some research myself on seat position, specifically fore and aft positions. I believe if this is improperly set it can cause knee pain.

I moved mine back about 20mm and the front...
10-06-19, 05:45 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,162
Posted By xroadcharlie

Correct. The fat bike tire is a bad example. ...

Correct. The fat bike tire is a bad example.

Still a properly inflated average tires circumference does not change when we sit on the bike. And it is the circumference that these calculators use...
10-06-19, 07:22 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,162
Posted By xroadcharlie

Actually the calculation is not based on...

Actually the calculation is not based on diameter, It is based on circumference. Which does not change with weight when properly inflated.

If the correct formula is used (grade 9 math at best)...
10-05-19, 09:47 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,162
Posted By xroadcharlie

I Ihave done the math using Excel and compared my...

I Ihave done the math using Excel and compared my results with two web based calculators and got so close with both I have no reason to believe any of them are inaccurate.

If you remember you...
Forum: Foo
10-02-19, 11:49 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 5,286
Posted By xroadcharlie

The only reason I bought the FireStick was...

The only reason I bought the FireStick was because at a best buy here in Canada I was told Roku was going out of business. Wrong!.

The FireStick is a marketing tool for Amazon Prime. Which is why...
Forum: Fatbikes
10-02-19, 10:46 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 765
Posted By xroadcharlie

It's all about comfort and having the ambition to...

It's all about comfort and having the ambition to take a 600k ride. It may well be a Fat-bike is the best choice for her in that regard.

I love my comfort bike and ride it an hour or two 2 - 3...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-28-19, 07:19 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,346
Posted By xroadcharlie

With the amount of climbing you do, even going...

With the amount of climbing you do, even going from a 30 to 32 chainring will be an improvement IMO. For a more noticeable gain, Check out ratio's with a 34T cog. You might require a longer...
09-26-19, 01:47 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,531
Posted By xroadcharlie

+1 That looks like a fine bike for the OP's...

+1
That looks like a fine bike for the OP's purposes. Personally I wouldn't be afraid of the suspension forks on a Giant mountain bike like this Talon 2 for recreational riders who aren't jumping...
09-24-19, 02:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 646
Posted By xroadcharlie

That is why they make gravel bikes. Basically...

That is why they make gravel bikes. Basically fast, light, Drop bar road bikes with just enough extra tire, and perhaps a geometry tweaked for more control and speed on a loose surface.

I thought...
09-23-19, 12:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 547
Posted By xroadcharlie

My friend put 5" riser bars on his Gary Fisher...

My friend put 5" riser bars on his Gary Fisher hybrid and loves it. We traded bikes for a little while and I have to say, It put my mountain bike to shame in every respect on the road.

I sold it...
09-21-19, 12:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 547
Posted By xroadcharlie

I too want to put smaller tires on my bike, A...

I too want to put smaller tires on my bike, A comfort bike with 26 x 1.95" Kenda Multi-Surface tires that are as good as multi use budget tires get. But since most of my riding is on either paved...
09-18-19, 02:19 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,616
Posted By xroadcharlie

You're right! I didn't mean derail this...

You're right!

I didn't mean derail this thread. I just wanted to point out that there are heavy aluminum bikes too.

My old steel mountain bike was 35 lbs and not very comfortable. It was a...
09-18-19, 11:00 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 7,355
Posted By xroadcharlie

Citibike probably uses Dynamo lights exclusively...

Citibike probably uses Dynamo lights exclusively for their low maintenance, and for Safety reasons to avoid law suits because the battery in the lights either died, or was stolen when someone has an...
09-18-19, 10:38 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,616
Posted By xroadcharlie

There are some aluminum comfort and mountian...

There are some aluminum comfort and mountian bikes that are heavy too.
09-15-19, 10:18 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 7,355
Posted By xroadcharlie

It looks like hub dynamo's operate at about 50%...

It looks like hub dynamo's operate at about 50% efficiency, Which is pretty much what I would expect. That being the case if 4w out requires 8w in. That's about an 8% loss of power. But the way bikes...
09-15-19, 09:58 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 860
Posted By xroadcharlie

moved, sorry, wrong thread.

moved, sorry, wrong thread.
09-15-19, 09:27 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,331
Posted By xroadcharlie

I have never been on Facebook, and for the most...

I have never been on Facebook, and for the most part have 0 interest.

But here's the thing, Many years ago when it was safe to publish our Names, Addresses, and Phone numbers in the white pages of...
09-15-19, 07:49 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 306
Posted By xroadcharlie

Welcome to BF! If there is a small arm on...

Welcome to BF!

If there is a small arm on the rear axle that attaches to the lower frame rail, You have a coaster brake.

If there is no arm, you might have a fixed gear (aka - fixi) bike where...
09-14-19, 07:54 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 7,355
Posted By xroadcharlie

What's wrong with dynamos? Nothing wrong...

What's wrong with dynamos?

Nothing wrong with them. One reason we don't see many, At least here in Canada may be because they are not offered on many bikes. I would like to see it offered as an...
09-14-19, 07:28 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 7,326
Posted By xroadcharlie

I ride to Lakewood park along the paths that was...

I ride to Lakewood park along the paths that was once a golf course and dodge all the duck and pigeon poops pretending I'm Hans Solo piloting the Millennium Falcon around asteroids with Darth Vader...
09-11-19, 09:43 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,772
Posted By xroadcharlie

When I got my bike I used 38T chainring (on a...

When I got my bike I used 38T chainring (on a 28/38/48 triple) since it meet my needs most of the time, but found I frequently used the smallest rear cog, perhaps cross chaining, So I switched to the...
09-11-19, 01:16 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 7,326
Posted By xroadcharlie

It is not surprising that too much bike riding...

It is not surprising that too much bike riding like most pleasurable experiences except one (and we all know what that is) can get boring. It's like coming home from vacation, Sometimes no matter how...
09-10-19, 11:13 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 271
Posted By xroadcharlie

Fine bike BTY. I have a Giant Sedona and even...

Fine bike BTY. I have a Giant Sedona and even their entry level bikes are way better then they have any right to be.

With all due respect, It seems like a lot of work to gain just a 5% increase in...
09-10-19, 09:51 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 7,326
Posted By xroadcharlie

I have a wide range of scenic (and sometimes not...

I have a wide range of scenic (and sometimes not so scenic) routes I take 2 - 3 days per week. Often when I ride, after a rest I will walk the bike. Sometimes for 10 - 15 minutes. I feel great after...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-08-19, 08:31 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,392
Posted By xroadcharlie

Fist, Being lighter does not mean better for...

Fist, Being lighter does not mean better for hills. Quite the contrary, A heavier person with a reasonable % of body fat might very well be faster if he has stronger legs. Its mostly about power to...
09-06-19, 08:31 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,233
Posted By xroadcharlie

I don't know how heavy the seat post itself is,...

I don't know how heavy the seat post itself is, But this comfort bike weighs about 31 lbs. Combined with 26 x 1.95" medium tread tires makes for a good exercise bike. It takes a lot of power to...
09-06-19, 09:45 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,233
Posted By xroadcharlie

I see there are a few different designs of...

I see there are a few different designs of suspension seatpost. I might try one of them if mine wears out. Although the stock unit is the most basic design spring/tube design, It seems to work well...
09-06-19, 03:13 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,233
Posted By xroadcharlie

Thanks for the replies. I have the spring's...

Thanks for the replies.

I have the spring's preload set to the lower end of the recommendedend .5 to.75" compression and for the most part I hardly know it's there.

It is surprisingly stable...
09-05-19, 07:42 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,233
Posted By xroadcharlie

Suspension seat posts. Anyone else have one? Do they effect overall efficiency?

I bought a comfort bike last year with one of those suspension seat posts. It's nothing more then a spring in two steel tubes with a preload adjustment. I'm wondering what effect it has on...
09-05-19, 03:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,803
Posted By xroadcharlie

This Giant Simple Three makes a sharp looking...

This Giant Simple Three makes a sharp looking cruiser. I don't see many reliable reviews on it, But based on my experience with a 2018 Sedona, I think you get great value and good quality from their...
09-05-19, 12:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,631
Posted By xroadcharlie

I learned where not to store it.I left my old...

I learned where not to store it.I left my old mountain bike in one of those old metal sheds. The leaves plugged the drain trough and rain water backed up on the roof and leaked all over my bike....
09-04-19, 12:35 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,222
Posted By xroadcharlie

This might be correct. I do 28 reps in two sets...

This might be correct. I do 28 reps in two sets alternating between 3 squats and 3 dead lifts with each set with a pair of 35 lb dumbels as one of 8 excersizes. I weigh 150 lbs.

As a recreational...
09-03-19, 07:51 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,851
Posted By xroadcharlie

All else being the same, I would think the 700C...

All else being the same, I would think the 700C tire, Which is about 1" taller then the 26" would be faster. but the difference is so small the average cyclist needn't consider it when buying or...
09-01-19, 03:38 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,001
Posted By xroadcharlie

Going from a medium to large frame on the Cypress...

Going from a medium to large frame on the Cypress adds just .8" to the stack and .4" to the reach. you can adjust the seat and stem more then that.

A tall stack and short reach are part of what...
09-01-19, 03:10 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,503
Posted By xroadcharlie

dsual's explanation probably explains why it's...

dsual's explanation probably explains why it's good to have gears that are properly spaced pretty well. They don't have to be equal, Just close - perhaps 10 - 12.5% increases to match our most...
09-01-19, 07:31 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 6,873
Posted By xroadcharlie

One thing to consider is what defines a steep...

One thing to consider is what defines a steep hill. I had an old friend in northern Ontario that lived atop a very steep hill that I'm sure most folks couldn't ride up no matter how low you gear your...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-31-19, 05:20 PM
Replies: 298
Views: 24,957
Posted By xroadcharlie

But why should I have to maintain Hydraulic...

But why should I have to maintain Hydraulic systems on a bike at all. Proper mechanical rim and disc brakes do a fine job for 90% of us?
08-31-19, 07:57 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 6,873
Posted By xroadcharlie

For those new to cycling difficulty to climb...

For those new to cycling difficulty to climb hills has more to do with experience then fitness. It takes time for us to adapt to any new activity. A weight lifter who jogs too but hasn't biked in 10...
08-30-19, 10:51 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 6,873
Posted By xroadcharlie

Both of those bikes are geared to tackle some...

Both of those bikes are geared to tackle some pretty steep, long hills. So it's about training, or for us recreational cyclist's experience. And it goes beyond fitness. There are some fit people out...
08-29-19, 05:47 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,082
Posted By xroadcharlie

That might explain why most of Giant's comfort...

That might explain why most of Giant's comfort and hybrid road bikes are limited to 63 mm of travel. I see the same Suntour 63mm fork on many other entry level comfort and hybrid bikes too. Seems to...
08-28-19, 12:46 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,082
Posted By xroadcharlie

I see no problem with a long travel, except an...

I see no problem with a long travel, except an extra lb or two. If its properly set up, those hybrids with 50 - 63mm of travel will seldom use the full travel. You could add 100mm and as long as it...
08-28-19, 12:08 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,503
Posted By xroadcharlie

If that 29% jump is in a range we seldom use, It...

If that 29% jump is in a range we seldom use, It shouldn't be a problem. If however it is in our cruising range it is a deal breaker. That range can probably be shifted some by using a different...
08-27-19, 05:08 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,503
Posted By xroadcharlie

"Why is equal gearing so important?" Its not...

"Why is equal gearing so important?"

Its not for most folks. Andrew is correct in post #2 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=2) . a 10 - 15% range is fine. Low gears...
08-27-19, 04:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 923
Posted By xroadcharlie

It would be interesting to see how they...

It would be interesting to see how they professionally fit a comfort bike whose principle design is to provide an upright posture.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-27-19, 03:42 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 13,049
Posted By xroadcharlie

I would make a note of the cassette gears used...

I would make a note of the cassette gears used most with either chainring. In your case the 50T. If most of your riding is in the middle 7 of the 11 gears, Your good to go. limited use of the 9...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-26-19, 01:19 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,153
Posted By xroadcharlie

Don't feel bad My own clumsiness did some...

Don't feel bad

My own clumsiness did some damage when I dropped my new bike walking it backwards and I stepped on the rear derailler and spokes. At fist glance I thought I was OK.

Untill I went...
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